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Rubens at the Royal Academy

One of us here at Alidad was lucky enough to visit the  ‘Rubens and His Legacy’ exhibition at the Royal Academy this weekend.

We love the sumptuous colours and rich textures of Rubens’ work. His ability to suffuse a canvas with dazzling jewel-like colours and dramatic movement is awe-inspiring and secures his place as one of Europe’s most famous and influential artists.

The exhibition featured not only impressive large scale works of Rubens but wonderful paintings by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Eugene Delacroix – none of which would look out of place in an Alidad home!

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Sir Thomas Lawrence, Portrait of Mrs Arthur Annesley, oil on canvas (Image: Bonhams.com)

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Portrait of Mrs Arthur Annesley, oil on canvas (Image: Bonhams.com)

Lion Hunt, 1858, Eugène Delacroix, oil on canvas (Image: Mfa.org)

 

Lion Hunt, 1858, Eugène Delacroix, oil on canvas (Image: Mfa.org)

Evening Landscape with Timber Wagon, Peter Paul Rubens, oil on canvas (Image: commons.wikimedia.org)

 

Evening Landscape with Timber Wagon, Peter Paul Rubens, oil on canvas (Image: commons.wikimedia.org)

Watts Of Westminster Celebrating 140 Years

Watts & Co. are celebrating 140 years of their company’s colourful and beautiful designs. The “Pattern Watts’ Architects Wallpaper, 1870 – Today” exhibition offers a rare peak inside this fifth generation family-run firm.

In the exhibition’s pamphlet a photograph of Alidad’s interior was used to demonstrate the truly beautiful velvets produced by Watts of Westminster.

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Matisee: Cut-Outs

One of our colleagues visited Tate Modern over the weekend and simply had to share this inspiring exhibition.

Matisse is recognized as a leading figure in modern art and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see so many of this incredible artist’s works in one place, and to discover his final artistic triumph.

The exhibition is open until 7th September. Final all-nights weekend and late-nights have been added due to popular demand. We think it’s a must-see!

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953 © Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

Henri Matisse
The Snail 1953
© Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

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Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace, was once an important royal palace playing host to kings and queens and international statesmen. It is one of the few medieval royal palaces to survive with substantial remains intact and was one of the only six palaces large enough to accommodate and feed the entire Tudor court. Initially a moated manor house, it was acquired by the future Edward II in 1305. Under Edward IV significant changes were made, most notably the addition in the 1470′s of the great hall, which still stands today. Eltham Palace was eclipsed by Greenwich and Hampton Court palaces in the 16th century and declined in the early 17th century. For 200 years after the Civil Wars it was used as a farm

Eltham Palace's architectural features seen here in Winter

Eltham Palace’s architectural features seen here in Winter

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